Monday, October 13, 2008

Orange-flanked Bush Robin: A new bird species for Hushan; and resightings of the Japanese Flycatcher

Orange-flanked Bush Robin (Tarsiger cyanurus).

On Friday, 10th October, researchers in the Huben-Hushan Important Bird Area (IBA) netted a first year male Orange-flanked Bush Robin Tarsiger cyanurus during a routine banding exercise. This is the first record of an Orange-flanked Bush Robin in the Huben-Hushan IBA. The Orange-flanked Bush Robin is uncommon and winters in Taiwan's mountain forests. The Orange-flanked Bush Robin is listed under the lower risk category of the IUCN Red List.

The Japanese Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone atrocaudata , also a first record for the Huben-Hushan IBA, reported in our 9th September post has been resighted and banded. The bird has been observed twice since the first sighting and then was caught in Friday's routine banding exercise and banded. With the presence of this bird spanning several weeks it may indicate that this bird is wintering in the area. The Japanese Paradise Flycatcher is also listed on the IUCN Red List.

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